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  • A Hockey Life Like No Other
  • Written by: Ken Dryden
  • Narrated by: Ken Dryden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Scotty

Written by: Ken Dryden
Narrated by: Ken Dryden
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A hockey life like no other.


A hockey book like no other.

Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing thirty-nine years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has continuously experienced the best of hockey since he was fourteen years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a seventeen-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a thirteen-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all up close

Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey. 

Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again as Dryden gives his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.

Scotty is about a life—a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.

©2019 Ken Dryden (P)2019 McClelland & Stewart

What the critics say

"[Scotty] is the story of one of the game's greatest coaches written by one of the game's best goaltenders of all-time, and woven throughout are brilliant stories from two of the greatest minds to grace the ice." (Ken Campbell, The Hockey News)

"It's possible [Dryden]'s an even better writer than he was a goaltender." (Mitch Melnick, TSN)

"The book is a must-read for fans of the dynastic Canadiens, Lemieux's Cup-winning Penguins or the Yzerman/Fedorov Wings powerhouse, and because of Dryden's masterful prose, it should be considered a must-read for all hockey fans. It's most certainly worthy of Bowman's and Dryden's legacies." (Kevin Greenstein, Inside Hockey)

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What an amazing story! This from a Leaf's fan.

I was a die hard Leafs fan, back before the Jets made it to the NHL. I would never in a million years thought I'd be listening to a story about the coach of the Leaf's arch nemesis Montreal Canadians 50 years later.

But oh, what a story.

To find out that the most winningest coach of all time, had the most humblest of beginnings in this sport, and that he progressed from where he started with Sam Pollock to where he wound up in the Detroit organization fielding a team of veterans to do the unthinkable, was truly amazing.

An awe inspiring book that goes to show how someone with so much love and passion for a sport (in fact anything) can truly be successful despite the odds. With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of determination and hard work (spelled "putting in the time") and asking a whole bunch of questions.

He never stopped being curious. And he's still at it.

Amazing.

Great job Ken!

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Awesome for hockey lovers

So cool to here about the different generations of talent and players. Eventually to the best of all time!!


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Long Story Long

I enjoyed many parts of the story; however, there are also long winded portions of the book that could have, and should have been edited out in my opinion. At times it was a bit confusing distinguishing between what Scotty Bowman said/thought versus what the author thinks or says.

Overall I did enjoy hearing about Bowman’s long history in the game and his reflections on each generation that he has been involved with.

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Insightful

one of my top three hockey books of all time. Dreyden's "The Hame and Red Fisher's "The Redline" the others. Good book.

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Good book but misled

I was hoping to hear more about Scottys life but instead it was more about his opinion about the best teams.

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Ken Dryden hits the mark again.

Great approach to telling Scotty's story and the describing the NHL throughout his life. Really enjoyed the story and the narrative.

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Great book and oral presentation

This was a great listen. As a long time hockey fan I loved hearing the detail drawn out of this great sports mind, and you learn something of the man, his time, and his observations in a beautiful narrational style.

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Enjoyed Scotty and learned a lot about Hockey and the NHL

What an amazing run Scotty had. Great job helping to tell his story. I knew he was a winner, but had not realized how many times/teams he proved that point. Highly recommend.

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Ken does a great job getting into Scotty's brain

Great history and insights into the amazing game of hockey from someone who knew the game better than anyone and had experience through many decades.

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Unexpected Joy

I’m a Wings fan and a 90’s kid which makes me a Scotty fan, but I never expected this! What a way to tell Scotty’s story. I loved the “hockey is Scott Bowman and Scott Bowman is hockey” approach; it worked better than I ever could have imagined.

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